The Sterling Natural Resource Center (SNRC) recently secured $1.49 million in funding from the California Natural Resources Agency for the development of a 6-acre environmentally friendly demonstration garden that will also serve as new community outdoor space. Designed to create a welcoming environment,the garden will include a colorful display of water-wise plants and tree species, walking trails, water features, and a picnic area.
“Beyond creating a sustainable source of water, the Sterling Natural Resource Center is committed to improving the community's quality of life by connecting with the daily lives' of residents,” said Chris Carrillo, East Valley Water District Chairman. "The demonstration garden will inspire neighborhood pride and become a community hub where residents gather to engage with SNRC services and programs.”
East Valley Water District envisions hosting community events such as workshops, farmers markets, movie nights, concerts and educational programs at the garden given its large capacity. It will be a safe place close to home where the residents can enjoy the outdoors, connect with one another, breath in the benefits of cleaner air, and take part in the environment of the SNRC.
“Receiving this grant is a significant milestone that supports the construction of a multi-purpose facility that will be a valuable resource to residents,” said John Mura, East Valley Water District General Manager/CEO. “By incorporating modern design elements, the Sterling Natural Resource Center will integrate itself to the neighborhood and create an environment that encourages public involvement.” In addition to the California Natural Resources Agency Grant, the SNRC has secured $6.7 million in State grants and $150 million in low-interest loans from California’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund.